Trump reverses criticism of 'Send her back' chanters, renews attacks on Omar - 2019-07-19
U.S. President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on a Somali-born congresswoman Friday while reversing his previous criticisms of a North Carolina crowd who chanted "Send her back," defending them as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of colour.
In a week that has been full of hostile exchanges over race and love of country on both sides, Trump returned to a pattern that has become familiar during controversies of his own making: Ignite a firestorm, backtrack from it, but then double down on his original, inflammatory position.
"You know what I'm unhappy with?" Trump answered when reporters at the White House asked if he was unhappy with the Wednesday night crowd. "Those people in North Carolina, that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd. And I could have filled it 10 times, as you know. Those are incredible people. They are incredible patriots. But I'm unhappy when a congresswoman goes and says, 'I'm going to be the president's nightmare."'